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Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen
Krossobanen Photo: Willy Kittelsen
Krossobanen was built in 1928 and was a gift from Norsk Hydro, so the townspeople could get up to see the sun during the winter.

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The Krossobane Cable Car was the first cable car to be built in northern Europe. It was built in 1928 and it was a gift from Norsk Hydro to the townspeople so that they could get up high enough to see the sun during the winter.

The lower station has a large car park, from which the two cable cars, "Tyttebær" (cranberry) and "Blåbær" (blueberry) carry passengers up to an altitude of 886 metres. The view over Rjukan from the upper station is fantastic, with the mountains rolling away to the south and west and Vemork nestling in the valley where the dramatic heavy water sabotage operations took place during the WWII.

The cable car has recently been renovated, with new machinery and other technical installations. Visits to the operations room can be arranged on request.

Every Year thousands of people take the cable car to the upper station in order to access the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and cycle to the Kalhovd Turisthytte. The trail is 30km long and signposted. It is suitable for cyclists of all ages. You can either carry on from Kalhovd and cycle a round trip via Atraa back to Rjukan, or return the same way as you arrived.


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1/1/2015 - 6/15/2016
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9/19/2014 - 6/15/2015
Fri and Sat
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
9/29/2014 - 10/12/2014
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
1/1/2015 - 2/12/2015
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
5/4/2015 - 5/13/2015
Mon - Sun


  • Museums, Galleries and crafts

    • guided tour by appointment
    • permanent exhibitions
  • Sports activities

    • bike trails
  • General facilities

    • playground
  • Activities

    • tobogganing
  • Nature and terrain

    • lookout point
    • hiking area
    • borders on a national park
  • Season

    • all year round

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Krossobanen - Photo: Willy Kittelsen


The Krossobane Cable Car was the first cable car to be built in northern Europe. It was built in 1928 and it was a gift from Norsk Hydro to the townspe...


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What to do in Rjukan

Rent a canoe or join a boat trip on Lake Møsvatn, or choose hiking, biking or fishing on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda.

Hardanger National Tourist Route

Follow the scenic Hardangerfjord in Fjord Norway, where for over a century travelers have come to see mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers.

Key facts about Rjukan

Rjukan is an old center for industry and has approximately 3,000 inhabitants.


Rjukan is located by the Hardangervidda National Park and is known for Gaustatoppen Mountain and the heavy water sabotages by the heroes of Telemark.

Attractions in Rjukan

The Gaustatoppen Mountain and the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum are among the main attractions in Rjukan.


The vast mountain plateau of Hardangervidda is one of Europe's largest. It is also home to Northern Europe’s largest stock of reindeer.
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